AKRON, Ohio – Zeke Marshall and Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell were imposing figures at both ends of the court as they powered the Akron Zips to their third straight victory, an 83-68 win against the visiting Texas Southern Tigers, Thursday night at James A. Rhodes arena.
Marshall led the Zips with 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots while Treadwell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double.
Alex Abreu also added 14 points and four assists while shooting 50 percent from the field, all from beyond the 3-point line. Nick Harney scored seven points while Pat Forsythe and Deji Ibitayo each scored six.
As a whole, Akron (7-4) shot an impressive 50.0 percent from the field (30-of-60) and 77.3 percent from the free throw line (17-of-22). The Zips won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Tigers 39-30, and outscored Texas Southern 46-14 in the paint.
Omar Strong led Texas Southern (1-12) in scoring with 33 points, including seven 3-point field goals.
Akron started the game on a 14-2 run as the Tigers had no answer for the Zips balanced offense. Marshall scored six points while Abreu and Chauncey Gilliam each hit a 3-pointer.
By the seven minute mark, the Zips had a 29-9 point lead, spearheaded by Treadwell's eight points. However, the Tigers battled back to cut the lead to 35-21 thanks to the play of Strong.
The Zips finished the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 43-23 lead into the locker room. Marshall paced the Zips with 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks while Treadwell contributed eight points and six rebounds. Abreu also pitched in five points and three assists.
The second half developed a back and forth atmosphere with each team going on minor runs, but the Zips never relinquished their commanding lead with a bulk of Akron's bench players playing the majority of the second half. TSU's Strong made a pair of late 3-pointers to cut the lead to the final margin of 15.
Akron plays its fourth game of its homestead Sunday, Dec. 30, when they play host Princeton at 7 p.m. ET at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Zips Notebook: Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell's double-double came in his 40th game after several close calls, including nine previous games with eight or more rebounds ... Zeke Marshall now has seven games this season with five-plus blocked shots and needs just 12 swats to break the all-time Mid-American Conference mark of 301 (Lonnie Jones, BSU, 1998-02) ... tonight's win marked No. 299 in head coach Keith Dambrot's 15-year career (299-161).